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[SOLVED] Spotlight not indexing directories

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I know this isn't directly related to Alfred, but since it's affecting my use of Alfred, I thought someone here might have some insight.


An external drive of mine is acting up in that Spotlight won't index the subdirectories of some of my directories.


Alfred finds (because Spotlight has indexed it), for example, /Video/TV Shows, but not /Video/TV Shows/anything-in-there

Same with /Video/Movies, that top level shows up, but none of the folders within.


The only thing fishy is that I've explicitly added /Video/TV Shows and /Video/Movies to Alfred. If I remove them from my settings, Alfred doesn't find them (my guess is because Spotlight isn't working)


I tried forcing Spotlight to re-index the entire drive, which it looks like it finished because the "Indexing..." in Spotlight is gone, but there's no .Spotlight-V100 file on the drive, like there is with other external drives.


I tried forcing it to index with 

sudo mdutil -E /

which shows "Indexing enabled".


I'm stumped and wondering if anyone else has any thoughts on what I can try.



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And now, after telling Alfred to rebuild its cache as one last whim, even though I've done it 5 times already, Spotlight seems to have fixed itself.


Maybe it was my reboot. Maybe it was luck. But in any case, it seems to have fixed itself, so I'm all good.

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  • vitor changed the title to [SOLVED] Spotlight not indexing directories

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